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India, June 10 -- The department of sociology at Jadavpur University (JU) offers a three-year programme in applied sociology - certificate course in the first year, diploma in the second and advanced diploma in the third. It's a first-of-its-kind course in eastern India.

Approved and funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the course, which started in 2010, could prove beneficial for students looking to work with NGOs or research institutes, says Dalia Chakrabarti, head of the sociology department.

"The job of an applied sociologist is to work towards changing the current state of social life for the better. It's about 'doing' sociology for clients and specialist audiences in a non-academic context," says the head of department of sociology, JU.

Chakrabarti stresses the primary objective of applied sociology is to generate skills needed to build an efficient bridge between research, policy and practice.

"Unlike sociology honours, which is more theory-oriented, this course gives greater stress on practical experience. It teaches students how to apply classroom knowledge in practical life by using interaction and intervention skills," says Chakrabarti.

"Unfortunately, academic courses in sociology ignore the need to develop, maintain and use human relationships for creating public opinion or initiating social reconstruction in a desired direction. But during this course, students intern with a range of institutions and get a direct exposure to social life beyond their own experience," adds Chakrabarti.

Minimum eligibility for the one-year certificate course is enrollment in any undergraduate programme (not necessarily sociology) at any recognised university. It aims to develop research and relationship skills among the students and involves a mandatory internship and dissertation based on fieldwork.

After the successful completion of this course, students become eligible for the next level of the programme, a diploma. Students may join immediately in the second year or may join later after taking a break for studies or job (subject to availability of seats). …

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